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I think the official stance is that even the breathable ones carry a risk.
I own a breathable bumper set. I did not use bumpers until my second, at 6 months old frequently woke herself (I'm talking every 40-60 minutes) because she'd get her arm or leg stuck and was starting to get bruises from how hard she was tugging to get loose.
I held on to the bumper just in case, but will not be putting it in unless we have a similar problem this time around. I don't necessarily know how dangerous they might be, but in this situation it's something I feel there's no need to even take whatever risk there may be. Of course, I didn't like bumpers from the beginning, so choosing to not get a bumper was partially because I think most of them are ugly (but I was relatively pleased with the overall appearance of the breathable one once it was in place)
mal922:This can be a controversial topic. The AAP doesn't recommend the use of any crib bumpers, whether "breathable" or not. Perhaps it's an unnecessary precaution, but I personally can't see using anything that might increase the risk of SIDS, especially if it is for decorative purposes. From past conversations on this topic, some moms like to use the breathable ones later when the baby is more mobile and can get its arms and legs stuck in the crib slats.
This. And once baby can stand in the crib, ALL bumpers must go because some babies have been known to stand on them and fall out of the crib. Although, baby would have to have some pretty serious upper body strength to really make that happen! :)
We asked around and everyone told us they used bumpers and were fine. My fiance was mostly worried about arms/legs getting stuck. The baby is SUPER active in the womb, so we are expecting an active newborn as well. Also, we have a cat and when one of our hands or feet pop out of the blanket she likes to attack them, so we were worried about that with the baby too.
We ended up getting one of the mesh bumpers. We put our faces on it and found it breathable, and it will keep kitty paws out of the crib. Once the baby comes, we'll just have to see how we feel about it. Your motherly instincts are your best tool.